September 14, 2007

elevate Answering the Tough Questions

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Medical Center leadership answers the tough questions about what the elevate program is and what it means for the people who work at VUMC.

Question: Have we decided yet which groups will move to 100 Oaks?

Answer: A number of outpatient programs and a couple of administrative offices will be able to move to 100 Oaks, including the Breast Center, the Center for Surgical Weight Loss (bariatric surgery), the Center for Women's Imaging, Cytogenetics, Dermatology, the Interventional Pain Clinic, Medical Infusion, the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University Hospital Patient Accounting and the Vanderbilt Medical Group Business Office.

University Pediatrics, a three-member general pediatrics group now located in the Medical Arts Building, will also move to 100 Oaks.

Other groups will establish satellite programs at 100 Oaks, including Cardiology, Neurodiagnostics, Pharmacy, Radiology, the Rapid Response Lab, and the Vanderbilt Preoperative Evaluation Center.

Business strategy was the starting point for deciding who might move to 100 Oaks. Programs with high patient volume and lower reliance on hospital services tended to float to the top of the list. Also rising to the top of the list were programs whose relocation to 100 Oaks would open up space in the Vanderbilt Clinic for subsequent expansion of other agreed upon focused growth programs.

VUMC's 100 Oaks renovation project begins in December and is expected to take eight months.

Buildings on Blakemore Avenue now occupied by Patient Accounting and the VMG Business Office will be razed to make room for additional surface parking lots for Medical Center employees.

— C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs and chief medical officer